And so it begins – Disney Interactive Studios’ TRON: Evolution video game, developed at Vancouver’s Propaganda Games, is now available in North America. TRON: Evolution takes place between the original “TRON” film from 1982 and the highly anticipated 3D film “TRON: Legacy,” which will be released in theaters on December 17th.
TRON: Evolution has a story set around a series of seismic events within the Grid of TRON. Players control a security program, Anon, who must protect the digital world from Abraxas, a dangerous computer virus. Players will witness unique moments that are referenced or shown as the backstory of the thrilling “TRON: Legacy” story. The game features the iconic TRON vehicles – light cycles, light tanks and recognizers – and has high mobility combat using light discs. The multiplayer modes enable up to 10 players to take on each other online in a variety of maps with on-foot combat, light cycles and light tanks.
TRON: Evolution is available for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Games For Windows – LIVE, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system and the Nintendo DS™ family of hand-held systems. TRON: Evolution – Battle Grids is exclusive to the Wii™ console.
“TRON: Evolution is an experience that encompasses the great elements from the TRON franchise,” said Darren Hedges, game director, Propaganda Games. “The game takes players through the Grid and foretells some of the key events of the upcoming film. For both core and casual players, TRON: Evolution is a game that will challenge them to fight for the survival of the Grid.”
The development team working on the game collaborated with the filmmakers throughout the development process, including during principal photography in Vancouver. Production information and assets were shared to ensure franchise consistency.
“‘TRON: Legacy’ re-envisions a unique digital landscape that is perfectly suited to the video game world,” said Sean Bailey, producer for “TRON: Legacy” and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures president of production. “TRON: Evolution is a natural extension of ‘TRON: Legacy,’ and I can’t wait for fans to see them both.”
TRON: Evolution stars film and TV star Olivia Wilde in her “TRON: Legacy” role as Quorra. Bruce Boxleitner, an actor who appears in both TRON films, also plays a major role in the game.The game includes two tracks from the “TRON: Legacy” score, original music which was composed by iconic and renowned French electronic duo, Daft Punk.
“Video game players will get an understanding of Quorra’s experiences before the ‘TRON: Legacy’ story by playing TRON: Evolution,” said Olivia Wilde. “As a person who played video games when I was growing up and from understanding fans’ excitement about the TRON digital world, I felt it was important to also voice the role in TRON: Evolution and ensure authenticity.”
The PlayStation 3 system version includes a state-of-the-art stereoscopic 3D option for 3D-capable HDTVs and also supports the PlayStation®Move motion controller during light cycle gameplay in story mode.
Free downloadable content is available through a one-time-use retail code in the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 system and Games For Windows – LIVE versions of TRON: Evolution. The content includes two multiplayer maps available now and a Sam Flynn multiplayer character skin, available December 14th. Additional premium downloadable content will be released in the future.
TRON: Evolution – Battle Grids for Wii features 15 minigames for as many as four players in the same room. Families and younger players can experience the story mode and track their results in the competitive arcade-style combat games.
TRON: Evolution is rated T for Teen by the ESRB for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 system and has a suggested retail price of $59.99. TRON: Evolution – Battle Grids, rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older, for Wii has a $49.99 suggested retail price. TRON: Evolution games (E10+) for the Nintendo DS family of hand-held systems and PSP system are $39.99. The Games For Windows – LIVE version (Teen) sells for $29.99. A Collector’s Edition for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 is priced at $129.99 and features the game, an exclusive collectible illuminated light cycle model, protective case and vouchers for “TRON: Legacy” film tickets.
Disney Mobile’s TRON app for the iPhone® and iPod® touch is free to download and features all-new versions of the classic Tanks and Light Cycles games from the TRON arcade. The app also features “TRON: Legacy” trailers, a streamed version of a Daft Punk track from “TRON: Legacy,” pre-sale order information for the TRON: Evolution game, and will continue to be updated leading up to the December film premiere.